SKODA SLAVIA 1.0 TSI automatic review: Should you buy it?
SKODA's SLAVIA is the second product from the 'MQB A0 IN' platform after the KUSHAQ SUV. Designed specially for the Indian market, the SLAVIA has been launched with a high degree of localization along with the promise of lower cost of maintenance. In this review, we will focus on the 1.0 TSI automatic variant due to the increasing demand for automatic cars.
- Despite the dwindling market share when compared to SUVs, sedans still have a sizable demand owing to their premium styling and image.
- SKODA has been hugely successful with its RAPID, OCTAVIA, and SUPERB sedans and now wants to replicate that success with the SLAVIA.
- It takes on rivals like the Hyundai VERNA, Honda City, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
SKODA SLAVIA clearly looks bigger than rivals at first glance with a length of 4,541mm while the styling is reminiscent of the OCTAVIA. We like the large LED headlamps along with the wider hexagonal grille while the strong character lines on the sides add more muscle. The rear styling is also distinctive with C-shaped taillamps and the new 16-inch alloy wheels complete the stance.
The interiors are also suitably premium and modern while having traditional SKODA styling cues like the 2-spoke steering wheel. Elsewhere, we like the copper accent running across the entire width of the dashboard as well as the gloss black panel. The pleasing beige upholstery adds to the sense of space. The SLAVIA also gets a digital instrument cluster and a 'free-standing' touchscreen infotainment system.
With the longest wheelbase in its class at 2,651mm, the SKODA SLAVIA boasts excellent space and comfort. The front seats are large and accommodating while the rear seats offer ample legroom as well as headroom. However, the presence of a small central tunnel means seating three passengers at the back might be an issue. The 521-liter boot capacity is also the best in class.
The equipment list of the SLAVIA includes a 10.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless smartphone connectivity, a digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, connected car technology, and an electric sunroof. It also gets ventilated front seats, an 8-speaker audio system, multiple Type-C ports, and rear AC vents. In terms of safety, the sedan has six airbags, ESC, and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
The SLAVIA range begins with the 1.0-liter TSI engine which develops 115hp/175Nm. Standard is a 6-speed manual gearbox while a 6-speed torque converter automatic as tested here is optional. The automatic gearbox complements this motor as the SLAVIA cruises effortlessly at low speeds along with a smooth shift quality. Performance is more than enough while paddle shifters also come in handy.
In terms of ride quality, the SLAVIA is a huge leap forward from the RAPID with a suspension tuned for our roads. The excellent 179mm ground clearance further lays emphasis on the fact that the SLAVIA can tackle bad road surfaces with ease. The absorbent ride quality is also matched with stable handling albeit with some body roll. Fuel efficiency is around 10-12km/l.
Prices for the SKODA SLAVIA 1.0 TSI start at Rs. 10.69 lakh (ex-showroom) while the top-end automatic version as tested here is priced at Rs. 15.39 lakh (ex-showroom). Overall, we feel the SLAVIA is a good buy owing to its large size, generous space and the 1.0-liter turbo petrol powertrain. The excellent suspension makes it a good alternative to a similarly priced compact SUV.